So, you'rer on a tour of a law school and you hear the following...
"But our students aren't, like, hyper-competitive. I mean, they don't rip the pages out of the books in the library or anything!"
So far I've had this statement, or a variant of it, at every school I've visited.
My thoughts on law school competition:
Some schools have eased up on the competitiveness through their grading policies (ex.- Yale with pass/fail, Buffalo by not having an absolute class rank).
Some schools in the lower tiers are much more competitive than they should be because they overaward scholarships that depend on maintaining an unrealistic class rank or GPA (for example, they give 50% of the incoming students scholarships dependent on maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or above, when the curve is set for 2.7).
Othan than that, all law schools tend to be hyper-competitve at the top-end, for the people competing for the upper echelon of grade. Most schools tend to be competitive because, well, law schools will attract more type-A personalities.
Princeton Review ranks the top 10 as:
2. St. John's
4. Roger Williams
5. St. Mary's
6. Ohio Northern
7. Bring 'em Young
10. THE (as in only?) Ohio State University
My comments about the list:
1. Baylor- This is generally agreed upon from EVERYTHING I have heard, read, and know from people that have attended.
4. I've talked to faculty. It can be cut-throat. Why? because the stakes are so small.
6. Ohio Northern- gives out unrealistic scholarships, professional focus, attracts overachievers who score low on the LSAT but make up for it with blood, sweat, and tears.
8. A lot of real-world people go here; know they have to do REAL well to get a good job in Bean-town area. Hard workers.
9. Lived near Cornell. Most students live in a little incestuous dorm. Everyone know everyone's business, and behind the smiles, there's sometimes a dagger- if you're gunning for the top of the class.